Boston Scientific will pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

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Posted: Feb 17, 2015 6:20 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006.

Boston Scientific said Tuesday that Johnson & Johnson had wanted $7 billion in damages but will dismiss its lawsuit. Under the settlement, Boston Scientific also won't sue Johnson & Johnson over several stent products. Johnson & Johnson confirmed the terms of the settlement.

Boston Scientific Corp. shares rose $1.65, or 11 percent, to $16.49 in aftermarket trading. Johnson & Johnson shares were unchanged at $100.44.

After Johnson & Johnson lost a bidding war for Guidant, it sued Boston Scientific and Abbott Laboratories, accusing them of interfering with a $24 billion deal it had made for Guidant. New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson said Boston Scientific and Abbott induced Guidant to breach its agreement with the drugmaker. Guidant paid Johnson & Johnson $705 million in return for backing out of the deal.

To avoid antitrust problems, Boston Scientific had sold Guidant's stent and vascular unit to Abbott for $4.1 billion plus a $900 million loan. A court dismissed Abbott Laboratories Inc. from the case in 2007.

Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific made their final arguments at a trial last month, but the court had not returned a verdict.

Guidant made stents, defibrillators, pacemakers and other medical devices. The deal hurt Boston Scientific's balance sheet for years, as demand for heart-zapping implants fell after the sale was completed and Boston Scientific spent years dealing with lawsuits related to Guidant's business. After the sale closed, the Natick, Massachusetts-based company posted losses every year until 2011. In 2013 Boston Scientific agreed to pay the government $30 million to settle allegations that Guidant knowingly sold defective heart devices that were implanted in Medicare patients between 2002 and 2005.